Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Into every generation a slayer is born. One girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will stand against vampires, demons, and the forces of evil. ...And Major Undeclared will develop an unhealthy crush on her.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's how the prophecy goes.

Where do I start in reviewing Buffy? The beginning usually works.
This series started with a mediocre movie starring Kristy Swanson and Dylan "sideburns" Mckay from 90210. The movie failed and everyone forgot about a cheerleading vampire slayer.

Then in 1997 Joss Whedon, who originally created the character brought the show to the WB as a midseason replacement. Somehow it was picked up and it lasted 7 seasons. Not bad for a show about vampires and witches. I was in high school for the earlier seasons and watched episodes here and there. I immediately related to Xander (Nicholas Brendon) with his insecure sarcasm and pop culture wit. But like most males who got attached to the show, I had fallen in love with a vixen named Sarah Michelle Gellar. To this day I don't know why she needs three names but I don't mind. I eventually lost track of the show but always reserved a place for Sarah Michelle in my small heart. It wasn't till actually after the show ended that I started watching them on DVD and I realized the show had more than a pretty face, it had fantastic dialogue and stories.

Now, saying that I'm a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the nerd equivalent of saying I'm a level 39 arcane mystic in world of Warcraft, with cheeto stains on the sides of my mouth. But I tell you this with all geek pride, it has become my favorite TV show of all time. I recently finished watching the entire series with my wife. At first she was reluctant to follow me into the dork abyss, but soon realized she was addicted. Same thing happened with a trepid friend. Now he can't get enough of the star-crossed lovers Buffy and Angel.

I think anyone who watches into the second season will be hooked, I'm even giving my Sham-Wow guarantee!

To give you a little idea of what the show is about, it revolves around Buffy (obviously) and her friends, affectionately known as the scooby gang. She has two friends, Willow and Xander, who help when they can, and Giles, who is her watcher/father figure. The cast adds and loses a few characters along the way but Buffy and those three are the driving force in the series. Let's not forget Angel, the vampire with a Soul who remains as Buffy's love interest for a few seasons. I was so jealous of Angel when I was 18. Stupid jerk vampire. (I wish I could be him) The plots are ridiculous and believable at the same time. And by believable I mean, you really get into the characters and worry about the next apocalypse.

Apparently the powers that be want to try to revamp Buffy with a new movie. That would normally make me the happiest man on the planet but they don't plan on using Sarah Michelle Gellar and crew. Not only that, but apparently they aren't using Joss Whedon at all to write it. That would be a travesty. Second only to the travesty that Twilight is a complete rip off of Buffy.

In short, Buffy is a fantastic show that has everything: Action, romance, comedy, drama, and even a musical. Sign up for Netflix now and rent the seasons.

I give Buffy the Vampire Slayer a very biased but proud 5 scar rating!


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